When the World Bank was looking to build an initiative aimed at promoting female engineering in South Asia, it contacted Ramalatha Marimuthu for assistance. Marimuthu is world renowned for her support of women in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields as a retired professor, an IEEE Impact Creator, former chair of IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE), founder of IEEE’s international talent show Youth Endeavours For Social Innovation Using Sustainable Technology (YESIST12) and the Returning Mothers Conference, and a leader of and participant in numerous other women’s-empowerment activities. All of this work made Marimuthu the perfect central contact with whom to kick off the idea for the Women in Power Sector Professional Network in South Asia (WePOWER).
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